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Plone as a frontend to the fedora repository

Reimer, P. (2008) Plone as a frontend to the fedora repository. In: Third International Conference on Open Repositories 2008, 1-4 April 2008, Southampton, United Kingdom.

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The Fedora repository software is a core component of the Open-Access publication platform developed by the Digital Peer Publishing Initiative (DiPP). DiPP was initiated in 2003 by the Ministry of Innovation NRW to support novel forms of scholarly communication and provides a technical, legal and organisational framework to scholars. Starting with 8 there are now 14 publication projects from various disciplines using the well established format of an electronic journal. The platform is run and developed by the Library Service Centre (hbz) of NRW. Fedora was chosen as a service layer due to its scalability, extensibility and the availability of an OAI interface. Since fedora lacks a user friendly GUI, the Content Management System Plone, based on the web application server Zope was selected to build the frontend of the publication system. Special content types have been developed, which store its content in the fedora repository instead of Zopes own database, the ZODB. Plone/Zope itself is written in Python. Via a webservice-layer Fedora-Api function calls are mapped between digital objects in the repository and plone content types, the first step of the integration of Fedora into Plone. On this foundation it was possible to build a publication platform with a fine grained security and user management, easy versioning of content, customizable workflows and individual design of the journals website. In the presentation we will show how the python modules were generated, how the functionality of the repository is made available in the content management system and what other services are connected via webservices, like URN assignment, document conversion, etc. Finally, a few examples of Open Access Journal using our platform are presented.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Creators:Peter Reimer
Subjects:User Groups > Fedora User Group > Front Ends
ID Code:110
Deposited By: Leslie Carr
Deposited On:09 Apr 2008 07:17
Last Modified:26 Oct 2011 16:08


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